Definitions for: Host


[n] an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; the host does not benefit and is often harmed by the association
[n] (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network
[n] a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion
[n] a vast multitude
[n] archaic terms for army
[n] any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event; "Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games"
[n] the owner or manager of an inn
[n] a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there
[n] (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor
[n] a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
[v] be the host of or for; "We hosted 4 couples last night"



Webster (1913) Definition: Host (h[=o]st), n. [LL. hostia sacrifice, victim, from
hostire to strike.] (R. C. Ch.)
The consecrated wafer, believed to be the body of Christ,
which in the Mass is offered as a sacrifice; also, the bread
before consecration.

Note: In the Latin Vulgate the word was applied to the Savior
as being an offering for the sins of men.


Host, n. [OE. host, ost, OF. host, ost, fr. L. hostis
enemy, LL., army. See Guest, and cf. Host a landlord.]
1. An army; a number of men gathered for war.

A host so great as covered all the field. --Dryden.

2. Any great number or multitude; a throng.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host praising God. --Luke ii. 13.

All at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden
daffodils. --Wordsworth.


Host, n. [OE. host, ost, OF. hoste, oste, F. h[^o]te,
from L. hospes a stranger who is treated as a guest, he who
treats another as his guest, a hostl prob. fr. hostis
stranger, enemy (akin to E. guest a visitor) + potis able;
akin to Skr. pati master, lord. See Host an army,
Possible, and cf. Hospitable, Hotel.]
One who receives or entertains another, whether gratuitously
or for compensation; one from whom another receives food,
lodging, or entertainment; a landlord. --Chaucer. ``Fair host
and Earl.'' --Tennyson.

Time is like a fashionable host, That slightly shakes
his parting guest by the hand. --Shak.


Host, v. t.
To give entertainment to. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Host, v. i.
To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment. [Obs.] ``Where
you shall host.'' --Shak.


Host, n. (Biol.)
Any animal or plant affording lodgment or subsistence to a
parasitic or commensal organism. Thus a tree is a host of an
air plant growing upon it.

Synonyms: emcee, horde, innkeeper, legion, master of ceremonies, server

Antonyms: parasite

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